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Swim22 2021

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Join us from 22 July to 22 October 2021 and swim the distance of the English Channel towards a healthier you. 

22 miles. 12 weeks. One life-changing challenge.


Swim22 2021 new start date 

We have decided to postpone the start of this year’s Swim22 challenge from 22 April to 22 July. This means that the challenge will now run from 22 July to 22 October. 

We have made this decision to make sure everyone has the time to prepare for, take on and complete the challenge together - safely and confidently.

Although some pools in England may start to re-open from 12 April, the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the UK may change or differ. That’s why we hope the new start date of 22 July will allow people throughout the country to dive into Swim22 at the same time, together. 

We know that some of you will be disappointed by this date change, but we hope you stick with us and the challenge this year. 

As and when pools do begin to open, and you feel ready to return, you may want to use the time to start training and preparing for when you’re back in the water. And until then, you can take part in our brand-new Swim at Home challenge - designed to keep you fit and motivated while we wait to dive back into the pool. 

We’d love for you to be part of our Swim22 team this year, and we’ll be there to support you every stroke, length and mile of the way. 

Why take part in Swim22? 

Whether you want to start regular exercise, lose weight or simply reignite your love of swimming, Swim22 is a fantastic way of getting fit whilst raising vital funds for our charity.

If coronavirus and pool closures mean you can’t swim right now, or you don’t feel comfortable swimming, remember that the challenge doesn’t start until 22 July. Sign up today and we’ll keep you regularly updated. 

With three distances to choose from, you can take the challenge at your own pace, in your own local pool over three months - individually or as a team:

  • 11 miles: ‘The Half’ - half the distance to France, still an impressive feat.
  • 22 miles: ‘The Full’ - the distance of the English Channel, our most popular choice.
  • 44 miles: ‘The Double’ - to France and back, for the more adventurous.

Whichever distance you choose, there’s no better feeling than diving into a challenge you’ll love, knowing each length you complete will lead to a healthier you and a better future for people affected by diabetes. 

Learn more about Swim22 today

Swim22 at Home

If your pool is closed, or you don't feel comfortable getting back in the water just yet, why not take part in Swim22 at Home while you wait? The series of weekly challenges will help you keep fit on dry land and make sure that, when the time comes, you’ll be ready to dive into Swim22. 

All you need to do is join our Facebook group to take part; it’s open to everyone - even if you haven’t signed up to challenge yet. And don’t worry, we won’t be asking you to do lengths in the bathtub. 

Any questions?

If you have questions about the challenge or date change, email us at swim22@diabetes.org.uk or call 0345 123 2399. And if you’re concerned about coronavirus and diabetes, we’ve got more information and advice to help.

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